Vatican Deal Emboldens Chinese Reds to Ratchet Up Persecution of Underground Church

Bitter Winter, Lin Yijiang: In Fuzhou city, in coastal Fujian Province opposite Taiwan, authorities have raided and harassed multiple meeting venues of the Underground Catholic Church on the grounds that “to hold gatherings, it is necessary to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA).” During the raids, believers were photographed and videotaped, and their personal information was registered. Plainclothes police took secret photos and videos of church clergy while they were changing into their clerical vestments. Report is here.